The Show

Listen to the Earth in a whole new way!

“When we study the biodiversity of the La Selva rainforest, the density of the vegetation makes it impossible to count the populations of different organisms. But you can hear hundreds of animals that make sounds.”

—Bryan Pijanowski, Soundscape Ecologist
Purdue University

Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth

Immerse yourself in the amazing sounds of our planet!

Through giant screen images, surround sound, and live presentation, Global Soundscapes takes you on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology.

Embark on a mission to investigate the dramatic soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests, Hawaii’s coral reefs, and Mongolia’s vast grasslands.

  • Learn about the tools that scientists use to record and analyze sounds.
  • Explore basic acoustics through interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal chords, and slobbering “raspberries.”
  • Discover what soundscapes tell us about the health of our planet.

With Global Soundscapes’ unique format — combining giant screen images, surround sound, and live presentation — you’ll hear the Earth in a whole new way!

Major support
from the National
Science Foundation

Rachel Shurick on stage
Connecticut Science Center’s Rachel Shurick asks the audience
to make a prediction about a coral reef soundscape.

What Makes This Show Unique?

  • Live presenter interacts with audience
  • Show aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Pre/post viewing activities from Purdue University
View connections to NGSS

Global Soundscapes is a fantastic way to open your students’ eyes and ears to planet Earth and the world of scientific investigation.

This interactive theater show explores the physics of sound, applications of digital technology, and biological diversity through dynamic imagery, soundscapes, and demonstrations — all presented live by a STEM educator.”

—Hank Gruner, Vice President, Programs
Connecticut Science Center

Foxfire Interactive

Purdue University

Masters Digital

Connecticut Science Center

National Audubon Society

Perkins School for the Blind